Food & Drink in Wallingford

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Bartenders fill shakers with icy pomegranate and Midori margaritas. Servers deliver cast-iron skillets sizzling with spicy chicken fajitas and barbecue-pork-stuffed quesadillas. And in the kitchen, the cooks at Los Mariachis Bar and Grill craft a plethora of Mexican mainstays, including their signature soft tortillas and salsa verde. They pair these specialties with dishes such as crunchy tacos and fish burritos, which they fill with sautéed tilapia and avocado. Housemade fried ice creams finish off meals on a sweet note.

The cuisine isn't the restaurant's only draw. Red walls with colorful paintings of traditional Mexican vases give the eatery a warm atmosphere, which was even featured in the independent film Burial Boys. And, the outdoor patio boasts umbrella-topped tables for dining alfresco while keeping enchiladas out of sight of hungry paratroopers.

105 N Colony St
Wallingford,
CT
US

Chef-and-owner Efrain busies himself in the kitchen of Tata?s Restaurant, cooking classic Puerto Rican dishes for his guests. He coats black tiger shrimp with a garlic butter sauce, and deep-fries pork medallions infused with garlic and herbs. His mofongos?fried plantains mashed with garlic?complement seafood salad and churrasco steak. The house-favorite sandwich, the Cubano, is an agglomeration of pulled roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickles served atop a fried plantain or speared by a toothpick. Additionally, Tata's has a full bar.

104 Quinnipiac St
Wallingford,
CT
US

Rather than grilling its cheeseburgers the old-fashioned way, the culinary team at Burg'r Tend'r prefers a more unique way of cooking them: by steam. This regional cooking method is used on the eatery's cheeseburgers and hot dogs, and it results in food just as tender as grill-seared meats.

628 South Colony Road
Wallingford,
CT
US

628 South Colony Road
Wallingford,
CT
US